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An early 8-track mixtape from 1974

A mixtape (or mixed-tape) is any compilation of songs recorded onto a cassette tape or other storage medium.[1] A mixtape usually shows the kind of music that the person who made it likes to listen to. It can range from a randomly selected list of favourite songs, to a conceptual mix of songs of the same genre or mood. Making mixtapes may be considered an art form.[2]

Since the 1990s, the term "mixtape" can also describe releases used to promote one or more new musical artists, or as a pre-release by more established artists to promote upcoming albums.[3]


  1. "Mixtape". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. Resnick, Michael (2006). "BurnLists: The Digital "Mix Tape" Comes Of Age". Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  3. Mitchell, Shamika Ann (2007). Mickey Hess. ed. Icons of Hip Hop (1. publ. ed.). Westport, CT [u.a.]: Greenwood Press. p. 11. ISBN 9780313339035 . Retrieved 14 June 2012.